Best Unexpected Brooklyn Lit Collaboration
Ben Greenman cowriting Questlove’s Autobiography
We’ve been big fans of The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman’s work for a while now, having both published his fiction in Brooklyn Magazine and benefitted from his literary wisdom as a longtime Literary Upstart judge. But even we were surprised that Greenman cowrote Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s memoir Mo’ Meta Blues. Which, we guess that only shows our own lack of imagination when it comes to the second jobs of Park Slope lit types. We look forward to what Greenman will do next.
Best Indie Publisher
While we hate to see publishing giants fall left and right, we’re also hopeful about some of the smaller companies rising up. Emily Books, founded and run by Emily Gould and Ruth Curry, is one such indie company that has surfaced amid the industry turmoil. Using a subscription-based model to sell one e-book a month, Emily Books offers an alternative to the Amazon monopoly and chooses intelligent, provocative texts that promise to engage readers and keep them coming back for more.
Best New Bar-Slash-Bookstore
Not that there were so many others to compete with, but regardless, we’re happy they’re doing what they’re doing.
Best Substitute for an MFA
Sackett Street Writers Workshop
MFA programs in this city are incredibly expensive, selective, and time-consuming. And their ability to broaden post-grad career options is debatable. So where should aspiring writers go to hone their craft? Sackett Street Writers Workshop, of course. Started and run by Julia Fierro (a novelist and holder of a Fiction MFA from the University of Iowa), Sackett Street offers top quality classes at reasonable prices that give all writers—even those who can’t afford grad school—a chance to be critiqued in a top-notch workshop environment.